Ghana will be operating its own home-based air carrier by the second quarter of this year, the Minister of Aviation, Mr Joseph Adda, has stated.
He said the ministry had already entered into an understanding with Ethiopian Airlines and was also engaging with some investors who wanted to participate in the effort.
He disclosed that there would be further negotiations held in February that would be concluded by the end of March when “hopefully the operationalisation of a home-based carrier will commence”.
Mr Adda made the disclosure at a stakeholders meeting held at Aburi in the Easter Region last Wednesday on the theme: ‘Aviation: catalyst for Ghana’s Socio-Economic Development’.
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The Daily Graphic reports that the ministry is trying to ensure safety in the incoming airline’s operations and so the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) would be upgraded to meet global standards.
He is quoted as saying: “We’re going to review what is happening in other parts of the world and would add up new technology to already existing ones to enable us provide safe navigation.
And the GCAA is going to feed us with information on how to undertake that."
According to the minister, the GCAA would ensure that all services that went with operating an airline: pilot, cabin crew, technicians, hangar and so on were modelled in a manner that would serve the country’s purpose.
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Mr Adda further revealed that investors in the business would set up pilot training facilities and cabin crew training programmes in Ho and Tamale.
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